Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Today in history: June 22

Jim Park: Racers goaltender from 1975-78, and a Checkers goaltender their first two years. He teamed with Michel Dion, Andy Brown and Paul Hoganson to form a strong netminding presence for the Racers in their heyday, as they won the 1976 division title and won a playoff series in 1977. He came up from the minors in the 1975-76 season and posted a 6-4-0 record. He also played in six games in the seven-game playoff series against the New England Whalers, and was the winning goaltender for the Racers in all three of their victories, posting a 2.46 GAA in the playoffs and two shutouts. He had a 2.41 GAA during the regular season. He played 31 games in 1976-77, going 14-12-4 with a 3.96 GAA and one shutout. He played 12 games the following season. All told, he posted a 23-23-4 record with the Racers and a 3.70 career GAA. When the Checkers were formed in 1979, he and Richard Brodeur formed the first goaltending tandem that season. Park played 43 games for the Checkers -- 37 in 1979-80, six the following year -- posting a 19-17-3 mark and a 3.25 GAA. Shortly after retiring in 1982, Park opened a goaltending school in Toronto, which is now in its 27th summer of operation. A native of Toronto, Park is 59.
Eric Kattelus: Winger who had 18 goals and 21 assists for the Ice in 2006-07. He went on from the Ice to play four years at Michigan Tech, where he scored six goals. He finished out this past season professionally with the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones. A native of Houghton, Michigan, he is 24.

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